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Old 01-19-2019, 10:03 AM
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Hey love your builds as a guy from Costa Rica that have been fishing all his life and know how hard things are to do around here, I'm amaze by how good of a job you do. Keep it coming and doing such a great job
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Old 01-19-2019, 10:39 AM
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What do you have planned for fish boxes?
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Old 01-19-2019, 01:18 PM
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It has a fish box in the floor already. But honestly, we don't ever use fish boxes, but since it's there I'll just leave it. Here we are allowed to filet fish during the trip, so our fish box is a big ice chest

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Old 01-19-2019, 01:19 PM
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Originally Posted by crmarlinfishermen View Post
Hey love your builds as a guy from Costa Rica that have been fishing all his life and know how hard things are to do around here, I'm amaze by how good of a job you do. Keep it coming and doing such a great job
Thanks man! Everything is harder to do here, but I wouldn't trade it for anywhere else!!!
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Old 01-19-2019, 02:25 PM
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Got to spend some money. It's fun spending money on toys instead of bills.

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Old 01-19-2019, 04:20 PM
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I agree 100% on Getting rid of the current ladder set up, as noted from others prior I may have opted to flip 90 degrees and cut a hole to climb through the bridge but on your timetable I don’t blame you for your choice. I’m actually surprised you did that much this year I would have not bit off that much this year Fished a little more. Love this thread.

How does the inside look?

Also I follow you on Instagram wow some beast Rooster Fish this week.

If you can get the Tesla battery that would be very interesting if you do that and have a second thread you may then have the 2 best threads ever.
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Old 01-19-2019, 04:55 PM
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Originally Posted by captpepin View Post
If you can get the Tesla battery that would be very interesting if you do that and have a second thread you may then have the 2 best threads ever.
Haha, thanks! I'll get some pictures of the inside Monday. Not too fancy, just took out all the rotten kitchen and built two benches. The bunks, bathroom, and front bed I haven't touched, they are stock but need to be cleaned.

On the rigging up the batteries, I have been reading for a few days now, and I know I can do it. They make systems to manage batteries like what I'm doing, I just have to make the tesla batteries work instead of the big boat batteries. It's got a few tricks, but it's not impossible. I'm mainly putting some thought into the box that houses everything. It would suck to start a fire with my fancy battery setup. I'm thinking we'll build a big stainless fireproof box with an automatic extinguisher built in. I mean the things work in cars without starting fires, so it's not too different. When I get this thing fishing, and start the battery, I'll post up on here. It looks like about a 4 thousand dollar project, but it'll give me about 10 to 13 hours of AC with no generator (9 hours in theory should bring me from 80 percent to 25 percent so the batteries last longer), which is perfect for day trips and should last 8 years (which is what Tesla warranties the batteries for, they might last longer). And then using the generator just an hour a day when we cook would mean it would last a ton longer than running it every day all day long.

Also, somebody wrote me with the best idea I hadn't thought of, which was I should get a George Foreman grill. Great idea Rick! I'll probably put a magna on the back of the boat too for the sunny days. Or maybe upstairs so it doesn't get in the way of the fishing... We'll see where it looks best.
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Old 01-19-2019, 05:15 PM
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I was looking through my phone to see if I had any before pictures of the interior. I didn't know how much we were going to do to the boat, so I didn't take too many. Man it was soo full of rotten stuff. Here's a quick shot of the "Kitchen" when I got it, and then here is some of the rotten interior we threw away before we left the marina.

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Old 01-22-2019, 11:45 AM
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No time to write much, but we got alot of welding done and put the hard top up top! We have to paint the hard top still, but it fits which is the hard part. We also painted all of the fly bridge and cabin inside and out, I'll shoot some pictures of that when I get back to the shop. My only complaint is I feel the hardtop should be about 6 inches lower, but I'm going to run with this and see if I like and if not we can always come back and change it after i get out of the red

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It does not look too low in the picture, what are you going to name her?
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Ok Capt John, say that this was in one of YOUR boats...

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Old 01-22-2019, 03:22 PM
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Originally Posted by combi_40 View Post
Ok Capt John, say that this was in one of YOUR boats...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5qpuK9H4Ek
Yep, Jacki fished with us earlier this month (and a year ago). There is a fish in the picture if you look closely enough
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Old 01-22-2019, 03:24 PM
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Originally Posted by captpepin View Post
It does not look too low in the picture, what are you going to name her?
It looks a little high from the side view, but it's not crazy. I'm just being nit picky. On the name, I'm still on the fence. Right now it's called the Blue Daze, but we are going to change that...
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Old 01-22-2019, 03:27 PM
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Originally Posted by combi_40 View Post
Ok Capt John, say that this was in one of YOUR boats...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5qpuK9H4Ek

Ha, that's the old video from last time she was here. She just posted a video a few days ago from this year's trip. Here's the new video:


And then this one


That second one is only 5 hours old....
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Originally Posted by SailFishQuepos View Post
Yep, Jacki fished with us earlier this month (and a year ago). There is a fish in the picture if you look closely enough
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Originally Posted by SailFishQuepos View Post
It looks a little high from the side view, but it's not crazy. I'm just being nit picky. On the name, I'm still on the fence. Right now it's called the Blue Daze, but we are going to change that...
And you have every right to be nitpicky SFQ! Usual height for the center of a hardtop is 6'6", that looks close. Blue daze isnt bad and I like it! You might attract a whole new clientelle with "Purple Haze"
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And you have every right to be nitpicky SFQ! Usual height for the center of a hardtop is 6'6", that looks close. Blue daze isnt bad and I like it! You might attract a whole new clientelle with ""
That is great info, I'll measure it tomorrow I think I'm around 7 feet and change. It's the camera angle that makes it look lower. We have the shop wrapped in this sun blocking tarp thing, so I can't get a good side shot yet.

HAHAHA I'm so nieve.. I had to look up purple haze. Especially here where there is weed EVERYWHERE.... Still haven't had that Costa Rican experience yet, but if I keep redoing boats, I may have to start
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Originally Posted by combi_40 View Post
Ok Capt John, say that this was in one of YOUR boats...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5qpuK9H4Ek
Who took the rod butt home for a souvenir?
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Old 01-29-2019, 09:26 PM
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Sorry, I've been doing the day shift and the night shift trying to get done, so the pictures are a few days old and that means we are much further ahead Ten guys working on the boat today, I think I have everybody in town that I would work with working on the boat. And then as a special treat, harold called his dad in from Puntarenas and two of his brothers in from Puntarenas to help with the final blitz. Here are some pictures from earlier this week!

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This is a picture of Harolds dad making the frame that goes around the outside of the Smoke colored Lexan windows. I gotta get a picture tomorrow, he mounted them today to test fit them and they are cool. We are going to paint them white, but this was something I don't know if me and Harold could have pulled off as neat. He is also building the doors to the back fridges/benches, I gotta get a picture of that too. It's another tricky project that me and Harold were dreading. Harold's dad is one of the three guys in the country that is allowed to do boat plans. He's a licensed Naval architect, and we are not used to having somebody around that is official. So we gave him all the projects that we thought were going to take us a few tries!

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I'll try to get some current pictures up here tomorrow. Been doing the 6am to 9pm thing, so not too much energy left.
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What a bunch of troopers! Keep up the great work fellas!
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